Monthly Archives: July 2008

Nerds Galore!

OK, I have been trying to view the images of Codex Sinaiticus on the website for the last 24 hours. I keep getting this message: Too many concurrent connections (> 100.000). The manuscript page is temporarily unavailable. Please try … Continue reading

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Peter Enns – His Departure from WTS

It saddens, yet doesn’t surprise me, that Prof. Peter Enns will be leaving Westminster Theological Cemetary Seminary as of August 1, 2008. You can check out Enns’s own site for the announcement as well as the WTS webpage. The statement … Continue reading

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Codex Sinaiticus Digitization Project Going Live

The first online phase of the Codex Sinaiticus digitization project headed by the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham, in cooperation with the British Library and the three other holding libraries, will be going … Continue reading

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Nominate Some Posts for the Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Blogger extraordinaire John Hobbins over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry will be hosting Biblical Studies Carnival XXXII in the first week of August 2008 (I suspect he will have it uploaded promptly at the beginning of the month). In order to … Continue reading

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Yahweh – A Moral Monster? Not According to Copan

As I mentioned in my previous post, Yahweh – A Moral Monster?, I wanted to interact with Paul Copan’s article written in response to the views of the so-called “new atheists.” In this post I will review Copan’s article, “Is … Continue reading

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The Uncensored Bible: The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of the Good Book

One of my summer reads that I just finished is a new book that takes a lighter — and somewhat irreverent and certainly risqué — look at the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: The Uncensored Bible: The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of … Continue reading

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Bandstra Hebrew Handbook Giveaway!

So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I had the chance to review a prepublication edition of Barry Bandstra‘s  Genesis 1-11: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2008; Buy from or  As a … Continue reading

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Jews and Tattoos

The New York Times has an article on the tattoo trend among Jewish people. The article debunks the notion that if you have a tattoo you may not be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Despite the growing popularity of tattoos … Continue reading

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Some New Hebrew Resources

I have re-written parts of and updated my “Mastering Biblical Hebrew” page over at Codex. Some of the more significant changes include the following: Hebrew Bibles In the Hebrew Bible section I have now included Biblia Hebraica Quinta project. As … Continue reading

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Precious Moments Akedah

I came across this image as I was going through some old email; a student made it a number of years back. It certainly gives quite a different spin on the Akedah — the binding/near sacrifice of Isaac — as … Continue reading

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